Frances completed her first challenge in 4hrs 28mins (after talking a slight detour!) but managed to redeem herself the next war by finishing in 3hrs 38mins!
The Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage trail is well known for being an off road trail which follows the Spires from village to village through North Kesteven which was one of the main reasons Frances was first attracted to the challenge. It is also a great opportunity to see the many beautiful artworks that are scattered along the route created by the communities that live there.
After asking what her favourite aspect of the challenge was she said it was the 'informality and friendliness of all the marshals' and has always recommended the challenge to her running colleagues.
“My most memorable moments must be on the first year when at about 19 miles I couldn't find that sculpture in the tree! I wandered around for half an hour looking! Lost a lot of time but made up for it the following year!”
Frances is determined complete the 10th year despite being in her seventh round of chemotherapy for secondary breast cancer!
“As my prognosis was not good, I gave up my job of 25 yrs as a Prison Officer as “life is short” mine will be unfortunately, but I am determined to keep enjoying my running for as long as possible”.
Frances is a true inspiration to us all and we hope she has inspired you to join us and take part in what is wonderful event welcoming individuals from all walks of life! To share your story contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 694353.
Evening Bat Hunt
Friday 21 July, 9pm for a 9.30pm start
Join Hill Holt Wood’s Head Ranger, Ben Wilson on an evening bat walk through the woods at Hill Holt. Bat detectors in hand, listen out for their unique ‘echolocation’ calls and learn how to identify the species. Perfect for the whole family.
Meeting at: Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, LN6 9JP
Walk length: 1.5 miles. Allow 1 hour.
NEW Stepping Out Walk!
Join us as we try the NEW stepping Out Walk in Heckington on Tuesday 18 July. Walk length: 6.1 miles (allow 2.5 hours). Meeting at: the Nags Head Inn, 34 High Street, Heckington, NG34 9QZ
For more information or to book on these events please call 01522 694353 or email email@example.com. For more information about the North Kesteven Walking Festival please visit www.1life.co.uk/nkwalkingfestival.
Starting on Saturday 8 July, the North Kesteven Walking Festival is set to be its best yet with 2 full weeks of walking and family fun for all ages!
North Kesteven is privileged to a vast open countryside with fascinating heritage and diverse wildlife. The NK Walking Festival aims to showcase these opportunities bringing them to you to enjoy the great outdoors. The NK Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 8 to Saturday 22 July and is packed full of walks across the district designed for all ages and abilities to enable as many people as possible to take part. Each walk will be led by a walk leader with the majority of walks free to attend.
Popular walks so far include herb walks with herbalist Hannah Sylvester on Saturday 8, 15 & 22 July, An Introduction to Bloxholm Wood on Saturday 8 July, Templars on the Heath on Monday 10 July, and Whisby Pie Night on Thursday 20 July. Event organisers have doubled the walk programme again this year with nearly 40 walks available showcasing what the district has to offer as well as being able to offer longer walks including evening and weekend walks.
Make sure you get your favourites booked and call the events team on 01522 694353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view the full programme online by visiting www.1Life.co.uk/NKWalkingFestival; you’ll be sure to find a walk for you!
Explore Sleaford’s fascinating past; discover beautiful artworks or visit the incredible Doomsday Book at Lincoln Castle during the festival’s opening weekend. We’ll also be going on a Bear Hunt, learning new tips and tricks in a Dog Behaviour & Agility Walk, or join us as we explore North Kesteven District Council’s NEW Stepping Out Walk in Heckington on Tuesday 18 July.
A Waddington Rake
Thursday 20th July, 10am for 10:15am start. Distance: 6 miles
Be the first to walk ‘Ridges and Furrows’, a new trail celebrating cultural heritage from Sleaford to Whisby. Join ArtsNK on a ramble featuring stories, music and memories emerging from the project with historian Dave Reeves.
Start Point: Redwood Community Centre, Waddington, LN5 9BY
There will also be a chance to explore the newly installed When in Sleaford... Arts & Heritage Trail on Wednesday 12 July. Join us for a family fun evening following the bronze roundels to discover public artworks, historical buildings and interesting places to visit in the town.
For more information or to book on any of the walks please contact Jade Oliver on 01522 694353 or email email@example.com. You can also keep up to date with what’s happening by following us on Twitter @NKWalking or finding us on Facebook /NK Walking Festival.
North Kesteven Walking Festival is set to return next month with over 60 walks available for all ages and abilities
Returning walks include the ‘In Search of Queen Eleanor’ walk which had over 30 attendances last year and the Natural World Centre’s evening walk which will offer a walk around Whisby Nature Park followed by a tasty pie in the Boardwalk Bistro.
The festival will also showcase North Kesteven District Council’s NEW Stepping Out Walk in Heckington which will take place during the second week.
“The countdown start now!” says festival organiser, Jade Oliver. “We can’t wait to get out and explore the countryside and look forward to meeting everyone during the festival.”
The full programme is now available! Visit www.1life.co.uk/nkwalkingfesitval for more information. For more information about the walking festival or to join their mailing list - please contact Jade Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 694353.
Keep up to date with what’s happening by following us on Twitter @NKWalking or finding us on Facebook /NK Walking Festival.
Limestone loving plants once common to old-fashioned meadows and pastures can still be found in Rauceby’s wide roadside verges. Ancient trackways and drove roads, like Church Lane, Drove Lane and Ermine Street, still provide ‘wildlife corridors’ for barn owls, buzzards, hares and even glow worms.
This walk is 4.75 miles. Please meet at the High Wood Car Park, Church Lane, North Rauceby at 2.30pm. Please allow up to an two and a half hours to complete this walk and will take you through open countryside, woodland and along farm tracks.
For more information please contact our Countryside Officer by emailing email@example.com or call 01522 688868.
Rauceby Walks is walk number 7 of the collection of Stepping Out walks. All the walks have been developed in to an easy to read booklet with step by step directions to help you along your way which are available to download from www.countrysidenk.co.uk. You can also call us on 01529 308207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a hardcopy to be posted to you.
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